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By Kehinde Olusanya/ THE NATION

BBNaija Shine ya Eye took a new dimension on Monday night after the two wildcards, Maria and Pere put up five housemates up for nomination ahead of the second live eviction show.

The housemates up for eviction are Beatrice, Yerins, Niyi, Whitemoney and Yousef.

Maria, who got a nomination hedge of putting four housemates up for the Sunday night eviction show, nominated Beatrice, JayPaul, Whitemoney and Yerins for possible eviction on Sunday.

The second wildcard, Pere nominated Beatrice, Niyi, Yerins, and Whitemoney up for possible eviction on Sunday.

As the Head Of House, Biggie gave Boma the privilege to use his veto power to save one of the housemates up for eviction and replace with another. Using his power, Boma replaced JayPaul with Yousef.

Boma also chose Jackie B as his deputy.

Posted On Monday, 02 August 2021 20:33 Written by

By Adeniyi Adewoyin/ THE NATION

BBNaija Shine Ya Eye housemate and one of the two wild cards, Maria, has said that she knew all the while who the second wild card was.

Maria said this during a conversation with some of the housemates on Monday morning.

She said she was 99% sure Pere was the second Wild Card because his acting wasn’t perfect considering what he says but she just couldn’t tell him.

She said: “I knew he was my second wildcard. I knew it was me and him and I couldn’t tell him, I was sure, almost 99% sure.

“Sometimes when what he was saying did not make sense. I will tell him, are you making sense?”

The housemates failed to identify the two Wild Cards in the house making it impossible for the wildcards to leave.

Posted On Monday, 02 August 2021 13:37 Written by

By Adeniyi Adewoyin/ THE NATION

BBNaija Shine Ya Eye housemate, Liquorose has said she won’t start any relationship in the house.

She said this during a conversation with fellow housemates Yousef and Nini.

The mult-talented housemate said she prefers to be a spectator in the house than having any romantic relationship with other housemates.

“I don’t want to be in any relationship, I just want to be a spectator watching everything, everyone from afar,” she said.

“I don’t want to be involved in any of those relationship things,” she said.

Liquorose has been helping the housemates in their choreography and has also been one of the vocal housemates.

Posted On Sunday, 01 August 2021 12:31 Written by

By Gbenga Bada/ THE NATION

BBNaija Shine Ya Eye housemates, Pere and Jackie B seem to be getting closer than viewers and fans are expecting.

From prolonged eye contact, seductive tones and lots of one-on- one time, the two housemates are building deeper connections with each other while spending every waking moment with the other 20 housemates.

Although Pere has a naturally striking talking voice, he takes on a deeper and more velvety smooth drawl that gives off flirting vibes when Jackie B is around.

Interestingly, Jackie B, on the other hand, has been doing what she needs to do too; from holding his gaze a tad longer than usual, to listening intently and hanging on to his every word.

On their fourth day in the house, Pere and Jackie B sat together and chatted about love and relationships, as well as what they’ve been through in the afternoon while others took naps.

Pere opened up about how he always has his guard up because of heartbreak saying, “I’m shy and I shield my emotions. I’m actually a sensitive, emotional person. I’m a Cancer.”

Later, Pere and Jackie B retreated to the bedroom where they carried on their conversation about relationships.

Pere then asked Jackie what she looks for in a man and Jackie B gave it all out.

“I don’t like a man who doesn’t know what he wants. He must be in control of his life. A man has to be very direct with his approach. I will get bored of the flirting. I need to know what’s next,” she said.

When Pere asked Jackie B if she’s looking for a relationship in the House, she told him she’s open to it.

After his lengthy conversation with Jackie B, Pere headed to the garden to mull things over and have a word with Emmanuel about his predicament.

“I’m scared. You can like a person, but there’s no way of knowing if she likes you back.

“You just never know if the person is as interested in you, as you are in them. Also, if you catch a cruise, for how long? What happens next?”

Posted On Friday, 30 July 2021 12:31 Written by

By Samuel Oamen/ THE NATION

A United States court has issued a warrant of arrest for super detective Abba Kyari.

In a court document obtained by Peoples Gazette, Otis Wright of the United States District Court for the Central District of California ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FIB) to track down Kyari and produce him in the United States for his alleged role in a multi-million dollar fraud perpetrated by Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi and his co-conspirators.

The court said Hushpuppi allegedly conspired with five others to defraud the businessperson by claiming to be consultants and bankers who could facilitate a loan to finance the construction of a school in Qatar.

The five include Abdulrahman Juma from Kenya, 28; Chibuzo Vincent from Nigeria, 40; Yusuf Anifowoshe, 26; Rukayat Fashola 28 and Bolatito Agbabiaka, 34.

However, Hushpuppi allegedly hunted Vincent after a dispute broke out among the team after the latter threatened to expose the fraud to the Qatari businessman.

“According to the affidavit, Kyari is a highly decorated deputy commissioner of the Nigeria Police Force who is alleged to have arranged for Vincent to be arrested and jailed at Abbas’ behest, and then sent Abbas photographs of Vincent after his arrest. Kyari also allegedly sent Abbas bank account details for an account into which Abbas could deposit payment for Vincent’s arrest and imprisonment,” the statement partly reads.

Kyari however said he did not receive any money from Hushpuppi.

Hushpuppi, 37, in a plea agreement document he personally signed, pleaded guilty to the charges including money laundering, wire fraud, felony amongst others.

He risks 20 years’ imprisonment and other penalties when convicted.

Details shortly…

Posted On Thursday, 29 July 2021 22:46 Written by

Shiite Muslim leader Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife detained for murder since 2015 in Nigeria have on Wednesday been discharged, lawyers said.

Shiite cleric Ibrahim Zakzaky is seen in Kano on July 28, 2021 upon his release. - A Nigerian court on Wednesday acquitted and released Shiite cleric Ibrahim Zakzaky, who had been detained for murder with his wife since 2015, one of his lawyers said. (Photo by - / AFP)


The prominent cleric has been at loggerheads with the secular authorities for years because of his calls for an Iranian-style Islamic revolution in Nigeria, where Shiites make up a small minority.

Zakzaky, his wife Zeenah Ibrahim, and 200 of their followers were arrested in a violent crackdown in the northern city of Zaria.

Zakzaky's wife Zeenah Ibrahim

A court in 2016 ordered the couple be released but the authorities ignored the demand and filed charges against the cleric including the murder of a soldier.

"None of the 15 prosecution witnesses proved they committed the offence," lawyer Sadau Garba told AFP after Wednesday's hearing, adding that the couple had been acquitted and "regained their freedom today."

Lead prosecutor Dari Bayero confirmed that the pair had been freed but said the state was planning to appeal.

"The court ruled that none of the witnesses we presented in court gave convincing proof that the duo was guilty," Bayero said.

"This doesn't mean they can't be re-arraigned... we are certainly going to file charges against the duo at appeal."

"This judgment has not only vindicated them and all members of the Islamic movement in Nigeria, but it is certainly a victory for perseverance in the face of extreme persecution by the Nigerian government."

Posted On Wednesday, 28 July 2021 23:52 Written by

The sixth season of Africa’s biggest reality Television show, Big Brother Naija, premiered on Saturday with 22 housemates from different parts of the country competing for the grand prize of N90M worth of gifts for 72 days.

Meet the BBNaija 2021 Housemates:

Angel

21-year-old Angel Agnes Smith is a writer and poet who describes herself as a fun, easy, likeable person who enjoys storytelling. She likes writing, watching movies and most importantly, sleeping. If she is not in the club dancing, you will find her on the beach writing poetry.

“My name is Angel and it’s befitting, because I’m truly a goddess.”

Angel is a proud feminist, and her friends describe her as a drama queen. This 21-year-old likes to meet new people and loves nothing more than to analyse them and believes being on Big Brother Naija will help her kick-start her journey in writing and cinematography. She also believes she’s “beautiful and also funny, when I’m not under pressure”.

Arin

29-year-old Arinola Olowoporoku is a fashion designer and an independent arts and culture curator dedicated to promoting the contemporary visual arts in Africa. She is a feminist, millennial Pisces who was raised in a polygamous home in Lagos.

She is an emotional, strong, creative, opinionated and unapologetically expressive person, describing herself as “having no filter most times”. She loves to live life uninhibited and wants to be in Big Brother house because she believes it is a platform tailor made for young people like her to thrive and come into themselves.

Arin is eclectic, loves piercings and loves to dye her hair blue.

Beatrice

28-year-old Beatrice Agba Nwaji is a Fashion model and up-and-coming actress. She is a single mother of a five-year-old boy. She is a graduate of the University of Port Harcourt where she studied marketing.

Beatrice believes that she was “created with a special clay” because she wonders how she is able to do the things she does, without having learned how to do them. She can sing, dance, play basketball and football very well and is also a great hairstylist. She is a talented software developer and when it comes to games, she is always the winner or the first runner up, even when she is not familiar with the game.

She wants to be in the Big Brother Naija house because she has an interesting personality which the world needs to see and also wants to positively impact those who have stories similar to hers.

Boma

Raised by his single mother and grandmother, 34-year-old Boma Akpore grew up on the streets of Yaba in Lagos. He describes his childhood as “extremely tough”, having had to pay his way through school. One of the hardest decisions he had to make was to drop out in his final year, as he couldn’t make ends meet, but his life’s high point came when he saved enough money to pay for film school, an achievement that was subsequently eclipsed by his graduation.

Boma describes himself as “sexy, intelligent, adventurous, strong and fit”, and considers himself “extraordinary”. While hustling on his acting career, he makes ends meet by working as a bartender by night, and a masseuse by day.

Having suffered bouts of depression after his marriage failed and after suffering an injury during football try-outs, he is determined “never, ever, to give up” and holds onto his faith.

Cross

30-year-old Ikechukwu Sunday Cross Okonkwo is a fitness enthusiast and entrepreneur who describes himself as “a bad boy with a good heart”. Although single, Cross is not afraid to dole out the relationship advice and believes people don’t know that communication is the key to successful relationships.

When he is not watching movies, travelling or clubbing, you will find Cross playing drums or being hype on the mic on an Amapiano or House track or two. He sees himself as fun loving, spontaneous and a good dancer who wears his heart on his sleeves.

Emmanuel

Emmanuel Umoh is the first Nigerian to win the Mister Africa pageant, Emmanuel hails from Akwa Ibom, but currently resides in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, where owns and runs a fitness centre and a unisex salon and spa.

A self-described risk taker, this 24-year-old loves to travel, connect with people and try out new and unique ideas. Emmanuel is a risk-taker who believes in making the best of every opportunity and he counts his physical and social attributes as advantages that garner him a lot of attention.

Currently single, he describes himself as a “sucker for love” and believes “a healthy relationship goes a long way to building one’s life”.

Jackie B

29-year-old Jackie Bent is a proud single mum and hard worker with a passion for life. She is an interior designer and a certified event and wedding planner and went to university in the UK where she had her son. She loves having fun and spending time with the people she loves, but also enjoys time to herself. She describes herself as an “introverted extrovert” and insists she is shy, but confident.

She is driven by money and success and wants to make sure she can take care of herself and her family. She always seeks adventure and gets bored very easily. She is also a resourceful and creative person who enjoys making life beautiful.

Jaypaul

29-year-old Paul Ephraim is a Lagos based musician and actor, who believes the Big Brother Naija House will be the perfect opportunity to help boost his already fledgling career in the Nigerian entertainment industry. In his own words, he is “entertaining, confident, playful, honest and friendly”.

His hobbies include making music, making movies, dancing and cooking. While his career means a lot to him, Jaypaul believes in strong family bonds. He considers being a son to an amazing mother and brother to two wonderful sisters, as his best roles to date – and it’s no wonder that losing his father, is one of the lowest points of his life.

Jaypaul believes he is a catalyst for a chain reaction of positive activities and wants to show this to the world.

Liquorose

26-year-old Roseline Omokhoa Afije is a professional dancer.

Although she loves to meet new people, Roseline admits she doesn’t do well with people who talk too much. She speaks of herself as “a down-to-earth go-getter” and also says she is tomboyish, but can glam up when she needs to.

Roseline, loves singing, cooking, reading and writing and also takes pride in her talents as an actor and fashion entrepreneur.

She used to be a video vixen, but her passion for dancing led her to her current profession; leader of a girl dance group. Despite working hard every day to cater for her family and loved ones, Roseline always makes time for travel.

Maria

29-year-old Maria Chike Agueze former air hostess, turned realtor who enjoys cooking, exercising, hiking, acting, and dancing. Maria prides herself on being a loving and kind-hearted individual who is always looking for new adventures. Her travels have taken her around the world and to all continents, except Antarctica.

Though she speaks of herself as “a symbol of love in human form”, people are often shocked by her stern side when they cross her or take her for granted. “I can get extreme when disrespected to the fullest”.

Having a go-getter attitude is one of her favourite character traits. Despite being hard-working, Maria enjoys having a glass of red wine when she needs a break.

Nini

27-year-old Anita Singh is an economist and fashion entrepreneur born and raised in Nigeria. She has four siblings and a supportive mother that she loves very much.

She currently lives in Abuja and is a graduate of the University of Abuja. Her hobbies include cleaning, cooking, travelling and photography. She describes herself as being “curious, dramatic, ambitious and fun” and admits she loves to be the center of attention.

Nini is joining Big Brother Naija because she believes it is a huge platform that can change her life for the better. She is also keen to try out new things and feels this experience will help her face challenges head-on, while having fun.

Niyi

33-year-old Adeniyi Lawai computer engineer from Oyo State. Though he was once in the running to be a professional basketball player, that ambition was quickly quashed when he sustained an injury, leading to sciatica.

With a sense of Dennis Rodman about him, he still loves to play basketball and work out, and is adventurous when it comes to new food, and enjoys both eating and cooking it. He is also an avid reader, aspiring writer and is fond of playing board games and card games – he even has a gaming license.

A husband and father, Niyi describes himself as “optimistic, spontaneous and adventurous”, while others describe him as being energetic.

Peace

26-year-old Peace Ogor entrepreneur from Port Harcourt. Her burning passion for fashion and style inspired her to open her very own clothing store that continues to keep her busy.

She describes herself as “a fun, sociable, daring team player” and believes her multicultural background makes her relatable. Although she is always on the go, Peace is not afraid to power down and refuel her social gas by spending time with her family when the opportunity presents itself.

Pere

Born in Warri, Delta State, Pere Egbi was raised by a single mother, and is the first born of two children.

He believes change is the only constant in life and describes himself as “a spontaneous, adventurous person”. Pere is a qualified nurse and served in the United States Military for six years, before coming back to Nigeria to pursue a career in real estate. This vibrant 35-year-old is also a part time actor and model.

He is attracted to things of high value and is motivated by his past. As an empath, he hopes to use his experiences with pain to help heal others. He enjoys dancing, playing games, writing, bar-hopping and water rafting.

Princess

30-year-old Princess Francis is an e-hailing service driver and business owner. She lives in Abuja and enjoys cooking, traveling, and watching movies. She takes pride in being a lovable, caring, fun person – and confesses she can be a little dramatic sometimes. “I got the drama from my mama,” she says.

Princess is from Imo State and lists buying her very first car as the highest point in her life. Her lowest on the other hand, is when she found out her dad passed away.

Princess reckons there are many things that make her royalty, but none above her industriousness and the fact that she is a cool New Year’s baby!

Saga

Originally from Lagos, 28-year-old Adeoluwa Okusaga is currently based in Port Harcourt as an offshore engineer, though he has found a new passion for sketch drawing and has become celebrated for his hyper-realistic portraits. He decided to turn his efforts to practicing art after being amazed that his work could draw powerful reactions from people.

Besides drawing, his hobbies include dancing, singing and exercise. That last passion has led him to start an online fitness club that has members from all around the world. He tries to light up any room he’s in with a few jokes and believes his travels to practically all the regions of Nigeria have given him experience relating with people.

The lowest point in his life was being informed that his mother – who he describes as his best friend – passed away.

Sammie

26-year-old Samuel Jacob Alifa amateur filmmaker and final year student at Ahmadu Bello University.

He enjoys storytelling, videography, basketball, eating and hanging out, and describes himself as “tall, handsome and charismatic”. He admits he talks too much at times and sometimes ends up gossiping, because of the “great dialogue” he gets in his day-to-day conversations. That said, Sammie loves meeting new people and believes he has a bright future in filmmaking.

In 2020, he produced his very first short film and now has his sights set on growing his YouTube series and taking his career to the next level.

Saskay

22-year-old Tsakute Jonah is an extrovert and lover of books. She enjoys all types of music and speaks of herself as “an embodiment of art”. Discovering her talents and skills and using them to impact others and improve her persona, while striving to find her space in the world, is what she considers to be a high point in her life.

Although she was suspended from school in 2015, Saskay is having the last laugh as a fine artist and has even won titles such as ‘Model of The Year’ and ‘Female Personality of The Year’ at her university.

She loves dancing, cooking and meditating, and believes her personality was made for a show like Big Brother Naija.

Tega

29-year-old Tega Dominic mother of one Tega is a business owner who loves dancing, travelling, DIY and photography. When she’s not doing any of the above, you can catch Tega swimming, or being the life of a party.

Her “small circle of friends” describes her as easy-going and a great cook – although she thinks that’s debatable, while she speaks of herself as outgoing, enthusiastic and passionate about the things she loves. Tega is always willing to learn and tries to look at difficult situations as an avenue to learn and grow.
One of Tega’s favourite things is motherhood, because it has changed her perspective on a lot and makes her look forward to all the things life will bring her way.

Whitemoney

Multitalented Hazel Oyeze Onou describes himself as an open-minded “jolly good fellow” who likes to have fun. His hobbies include driving, hustling, watching movies and making music. The 29-year-old Lagos based businessman and entrepreneur, originally from Enugu State, believes he has a great aura and that his “swag speaks for itself”.

The highest point of his life so far happened recently, when he kick-started his designer shoe import business. Down to earth, yet strategic – Whitemoney is hoping his bright outlook on life will take him far.

While in the Big Brother Naija House, he would like to entertain, have fun, get exposed, and possibly win the ultimate prize.

Yerins

Medical doctor Yerimene Abraham Saibakumo describes himself as “a perfectionist, creative genius, lover of art and poetic rap music”. He sees himself as a renaissance man who isn’t confined to one profession or career.

The 27-year-old enjoys drawing, playing chess, listening to music, and making it too. He also has plans to write a medical book in the near future. He identifies himself as a fun loving, creative and curious person – and says his curiosity has helped him to garner expert knowledge in many fields, from modelling and digital animation to fashion design.

The high point of Yerins’ life is when he graduated from Medical University in the Ukraine and finally got to see his parents for the first time in 9 years.

Yousef

29-year-old Yusuf Garba is a Secondary School Teacher and describes himself as “soft-spoken, fun-loving, down to earth go-getter”. Apart from being a big food enthusiast, Yousef enjoys hiking, reading, traveling and sports.

He is also a model, host and personal trainer and confesses he can’t resist checking himself out in the mirror. Yousef counts winning the Mr. University of Jos and Jos Carnival King titles as the highest points in his life, while the lowest was when he lost his beloved aunt.

Posted On Tuesday, 27 July 2021 23:19 Written by

By Alao Abiodun/ THE NATION

Serving Overseer of Citadel Global Community Church, formerly called The Latter Rain Assembly Lagos, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has dared an unidentified official of the Federal Government to come after him based on his recent public pronouncements.

Speaking on Sunday during a sermon in his church, Bakare said: “I dare you to come after me since that is the usual style now. You might have done it to others; you are about to learn a lesson if you touch me.”

He added: “If you know what I have done in secret, bring it to the open. I dare you to come after me if you can. I worked with you; I worked for you; I supported you to get there (where you are). When I talk now, I now have a smelly mouth.

“I’m not interested in meeting you any longer; no more visits. Now, it is war, because Nigeria must be set free.”

He also berated the Federal Government for clamping down on leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu and Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho.

Rather than work towards justice, he accused the Federal Government of using intimidation and brutality.

Bakare, who was running mate to President Muhammadu Buhari on the platform of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in 2011, recalled how he backed the unnamed top official to his current position.

Addressing the official, Bakare added: “Have you forgotten that you vowed never to contest again. I said ‘not so’. I showed you how you can win the next election and you agreed to run and you won. I was not considering myself but concerned about how Nigeria can become great.

“Winning an election is a different thing; doing the right thing is another. No one must behave as if Nigeria is a personal property. Nigeria must be set free and any obstruction along the way must be removed; it must get out of the way.”

He told Nigerians to be prepared for baton of change, recalling how he pronounced the late Gen Sani Abacha’s days numbered during his reign of terror.

“I don’t support any act of violence, taking up arms against the country and killing people. Those are in the realm of criminality and anybody doing that must be brought to book,” Bakare stated to a rousing round of prayers and declarations.

Posted On Tuesday, 27 July 2021 03:04 Written by

*Ilorin airport runway closed, flights cancelled

By: Yusuf Alli, Managing Editor, Northern Operation/ THE NATION

Following an incident by an aircraft in the fleet of one of the major airlines in the country, the runway of the Ilorin International Airport has been closed to traffic.

Many passengers, including some highly-placed Nigerians, narrowly escaped death.

All flights to Ilorin have also been cancelled until evacuation of the plane.

The airline began operation from Ilorin Airport on June 16.

According to investigation, the aircraft crash landed at about 9.30am on Friday morning in Ilorin from Abuja.

The plane landed with a bang, which affected the cabin with luggage falling on passengers.

It was gathered with the impact of the crash the plane could not taxi to the tarmac.

In the last 24 hours, the runway of the airport had been closed to traffic.

But all the traumatised passengers were successfully evacuated from the runway.

As at the time of filing this report at 2.08pm, efforts were being made to relocate the plane from the runway.

It was learnt that the process of moving the plane from the runway was slow because, according to a source, “it is a bigger aircraft and we have no equipment.

“We are in the process of removing the aircraft. We have been on it for 24 hours,” the source added.

But the Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and other agencies offered to keep the incident under wraps.

“We were directed to manage the situation,” the source said.

Posted On Saturday, 24 July 2021 18:32 Written by

By Alao Abiodun/ THE NATION

A court hearing over the extradition of Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho has been adjourned to Friday.

Igboho and his wife, Ropo, a German citizen, were arrested at Cardinal Bernardin International Airport, Cotonou, as they attempted to board a flight to Germany on Monday.

The Court D’Appeal in Cotonou adjourned the case involving the Igboho till Friday, July 23, 2021.

Posted On Friday, 23 July 2021 02:20 Written by
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